Dream Vacations Perkins Travel Group

Sara Perkins, Cruise & Vacation Specialist We're excited to be celebrating 27 years as a Dream Vacations (a CruiseOne Co.) Franchise!! A huge "Thank You" to our many clients & friends that have been a part of this wonderful journey!

We work as your 'value interpreter' to help sort through the often confusing travel & destination web sites. Utilizing our own personal experiences, our expertise & our multitude of resources we help you plan YOUR dream vacation. With our services you can be confident that it will be perfectly planned, hassle-free, and the vacation will be filled with moments you'll never forget.

Operating as usual

September 23 until the 30th .... call now! 410-569-7522

IRELAND! So green, all the time!

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE we did it again! "Top Veteran-Friendly Company" -- 6 years running!!

Since 2014, CruiseOne/Dream Vacations has been included on U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies list. We are pleased to share that we have made the list again in 2020!

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for this year’s Best of the Best evaluations. At USVM, their goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions.

Is this you?! 🛳 Book your Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruise by SEPT30 to have “Cruise With Confidence” included! Other cruise lines also offering similar policies. You don’t want to miss out!! 410-569-7522

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Behind the Fun: The Making of Mardi Gras | BOLT™ |Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line released a video highlighting a shore side test run of BOLT, touted as the first roller-coaster at sea and debuting on the new Mardi Gras in February. Shot in Munich, Germany, at Mauer Rides, the video showcases all that went into creating the attraction where guests will ride across nearly 800 feet of suspended track, achieving speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Are you a roller coaster fanatic?!

Aboard the Mardi Gras you’ll meet BOLT™: the fastest — and first! — rollercoaster at sea, but before that take a look at Cruise Director Matt Mitcham making ...

DANUBE RIVER CRUISE in 2019: Cruise started in Budapest, Hungary, which straddles the Danube. Magnificent views at night!
#WorldPhotographyDay, #dreamvacationsworldphotoday, #travelphotography

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RHINE RIVER CRUISE 2016: We visited the windmills at Kinderdijk.
#WorldPhotographyDay, #dreamvacationsworldphotoday, #travelphotography

IRELAND trip: November 2019
Top photo: Abbeyglen Castle Hotel where we spent the night.
Bottom photo: Kylemore Abbey that we toured.
#worldphotographyday, #DreamVacationsWorldPhotoDay,
#travelphotography

We have EXCLUSIVE offers on top of the cruise line's promos. Hurry! This ends July 31. Contact us now to plan your 2021 cruise vacation. 410-569-7522 / [email protected]

This is truly for fun ... it cracked me up, though!

Although I would really love to be having the view of the Amalie Coast I am instead continuing my travel education from my own office with a relaxing view! #dreamvacationsregionaltraining

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Caribbean comeback: A guide to when travelers can return to the islands

The CARIBBEAN ISLANDS are starting to open their borders to visitors. Many this month and some not until July. This article gives a detailed list of many individual islands. The common factor to each is the wearing of face masks and keeping distances.
#WeWillTravelAgain #IslandGetaways #CaribbeanIslands

usatoday.com The sunny Caribbean is readying to welcome back tourists as coronavirus restrictions and regulations give way to new health and safety protocols.

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Europe braces for summer tourism revival, borders reopen

As parts of Europe try to open up their borders, other countries like South Africa are being hit with the COVID virus.

news.cgtn.com As the summer season approaches, European tourist hotspots have, one after another, eased travel restrictions in a bid to revive a tourism industry battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Most Beautiful Flower Garden In The World Has No Visitors For The First Time In 71 Years And I Got To Capture It (31 Pics)

Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands ... if you haven't seen this in person it's a definite "must"! I was there a few years ago and need to go back. I'm quite jealous of this photographer seeing it without people on the paths!
#BookNowTravelLater, #Keukenhof

boredpanda.com I enjoy our beautiful spring in which I always find time to photograph the flowers and show their beauty.

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:-) CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE UTILIZING ITS SHIPS TO RETURN CREW MEMBERS HOME
This info came straight from my BDM of Carnival Cruise Lines:

Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in The Bahamas over the next several days as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members who remain on board due to restrictions limiting air travel to Asia, Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.

The ships have been at various U.S. home-ports provisioning supplies and bunkering fuel for their journeys. Certain crew will join ships using water shuttles off the coast of The Bahamas. Once completed, nine ships will sail to their destinations with crew members from North American-based ships on board. The remaining nine ships will spend most of their time in anchorage positions in The Bahamas or Panama and eventually all ships will reduce their crew numbers to safe operational manning levels.

Prior to Carnival’s pause in operations on March 13, its fleet of 27 ships had nearly 29,000 crew members on board. Since that time, Carnival has already repatriated more than 10,000 crew via flights and another 10,000 will be traveling on the nine voyages leaving this week. Approximately 6,000 additional crew will be repatriated by air charters or three ships that already departed from Australia and Long Beach. By the time all these movements are completed, the Carnival fleet will be down to approximately 3,000 crew members identified for safe operational manning, plus several hundred that will be repatriated as quickly as possible.

#CrewGoingHome, #CarnivalCruiseLines

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ANNOUNCES GOOD NEWS FOR THEIR FUTURE!
Since our local news media was quick to say 'bankruptcy' before getting ALL the facts, I wanted you to know the happy ending of the story! This is direct from NCL:

"While there were misleading headlines in the news yesterday, I am thrilled to share that the day marked an important milestone for our company as we undertook an initiative as important as any in our history. We raised an additional $2.2 billion of liquidity, which means that we are well-positioned to weather the impact of COVID-19."

TODAY IS NATIONAL TRAVEL ADVISOR'S DAY! Not all super heros wear capes! :-)

NATIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORS DAY - MAY 6, 2020

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A little Friday humor!! At least we know THESE destinations are open for business. And, if you can think of any other destinations please feel free to add!! :-)

Roberto Brunetti, a travel colleague & tour guide in Rome, shared these photos with these words ... "I was walking on the street without being able to understand what my eyes were looking at. A silence that enters your soul, the immense beauty of an eternal city covered in the sadness of such a delicate & unique moment in my history. This is a Rome I will never forget but I hope I will never see again." Well said, my friend. We all WILL be back!
#COVID-19 #WeWillTravelAgain #Rome
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Make this a special day, no matter what you’re doing! 🐇🐥💜🌸

TSA Increases Hand Sanitizer Allowance for Carry-Ons

TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.

Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels, and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag.

SANDALS RESORTS INTERNATIONAL IS CLOSING ALL 19 all-inclusive Sandals and Beaches Resorts on seven Caribbean islands from March 30 to May 15.

"Never could we have imagined the impact the current global health crisis would have on the world,” says Butch Stewart, chairman and CEO of Sandals. “In these unprecedented times, and now more than ever, the safety and health of our valued guests is of paramount importance.”

Stewart said recent global travel warnings, coupled with airline flight cancellations, have compelled the company to make the difficult decision to close all Sandals and Beaches Resorts from March 30 to May 15, 2020. Sandals will not be able to accept new arrivals as of March 23, 2020.

“We also want to alleviate any additional worry you might have about your upcoming vacation,” Stewart said. “Please don’t call us because our dedicated team will be reaching out to you personally to assist with rescheduling your future plans. This way, you can spend less time trying to reach us and more time with your loved ones.”

ATTENTION! CRUISE LINE UPDATES AS OF MARCH 24 >> Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity, Azamara and Silversea) as well as AmaWaterways have announced that they are extending their suspension dates until May 12 and May 31, respectively.

RCCL adds: "Because of announced port closures, we expect to return to service for Alaska, Canada and New England sailings July 1, 2020."

Carnival Cruise Line will announce their plans by this Friday and I'm sure others will also follow shortly.

This suspension extension is being done, in part, due to the many cruise ports, worldwide, that are still NOT allowing ships to come in!

NOTE: If you have a cruise booked with my office I will be reaching out to you shortly. Check your email for a letter from the cruise line. If you booked with another agency or direct with the cruise line please contact them directly for further information.
AFTER your Future Cruise Credit has been applied, if you would like me to help you book your next cruise I am available to assist! [email protected]

DO YOU HAVE A FLIGHT BOOKED?
VERIFY IT NOW ... it may not be going anywhere!

To further prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, many major US-based airlines have suspended, reduced, or cut flights to affected regions.

Check with your airline for possible updated schedule or cancellation, flight waivers and refund policies!!

Canceled travel plans? Don't forget to cancel parking, hotels and any other additional pre-planned reservations!

UPDATE TO CRUISE LINE SUSPENSIONS:
Effective midnight of March 13, 2020, all ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations FROM AND TO U.S. PORTS of call for 30 days.

If your cruise sails from any port other than the USA these are most likely not cancelled. Please check with whomever you booked with for the latest updates.

This includes Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Viking, Amawaterways, Avalon, Windstar, Oceania, and Seabourn, among others.

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Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

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The following TRAVEL SUSPENSIONS have been posted by these respective companies. More could be expected as we have still not heard from a few others yet.

Although specific situations are being handled one-of, below is their GENERAL info. >> If you would like more details I am available to assist: [email protected]

If you booked your travel plans with myself & my office then we are currently contacting you with all updates. If you booked with another agency or direct with that cruise line you will need to call them directly.

* Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, Silversea: for US Sailings the next 30 days
* Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas: between March 13 & April 11
* Viking River & Ocean cruises: through April 30
* Princess Cruises: 60 days (through May 10)
* Scenic & Emerald: Europe River Cruises until 4/30
* Uniworld: Eruope until 4/23
* Windstar: through 4/30
* Disney Cruise Line: March 13 through end of March
* Disneyland & Disney World: through end of March
* Adventures by Disney: New departures thru end of March
* AMA Waterways: Europe & Mekong through April 25
* Collette: Tours departing thru April 13, visiting Schengen area countries
* CIE Tours: select departures
* GLOBUS: for travel through April 30

** Canada is suspending it's cruise season through July
** Port of Baltimore is closed (Carnival & Royal Caribbean ships that are currently out & due back will be allowed in)

Many if not most of these companies have a new, temporary "Book with Confidence" policy to offer a waiver of cancellation fees and Future Booking Credits.
#Coronavirus #TravelSuspensions #TravelAgentHelp #CruiseLineSuspensions

The new travel ban denying entry to the U.S. DOES NOT APPLY to lawful, permanent residents of the United States or their immediate family members. However, any approved travelers returning to the United States after traveling to one of the Schengen Area countries within the previous 14 days will be required to enter the United States through an approved airport.

Here is the list of APPROVED AIRPORTS serving travelers returning from the Schengen Area countries, Iran, or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau).

Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Dallas-Fort Worth: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
Newark, New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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We plan vacations of: Cruises, worldwide; River Cruises, USA & Europe; All-Inclusive Resorts; Disney, land &/or cruise; Land Tour Packages, USA & Europe ~ Independently owned & operated since 1992 ~ Ask us about booking for Individuals, Groups, Honeymoons, Fund-Raisers, Meetings-At-Sea and more!

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